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LAURENT DEQUICK

Bacino San Marco

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The artist

This 40 year old photographer is an architect by profession. There are signs of this in his work as it is first of all a reflection on contemporary cities and more specifically aboutthe proliferation of modern urban space. Laurent Dequick’s purpose is to accurately convey an impression of frenzy which results from a density of population and activity in urban areas: « Along the streets, the lights, the noise, the traffic, the swarms of pedestrians, the blend of smells, are so fascinating that no single shot can entirely capture it. Do choices have to be made? I don’t think so: I don’t want to… »To translate this urban life congestion into an image, the photographer does not shy away from the juxtaposition, superposition or inlaying of shots. With the same intensity he overlaps photographs representing architectural complexes, main traffic routes and people. He condenses the images like the city condenses the sum of its inhabitants’ lives. Dequick’s style is reminiscent of cubism in its execution close to abstraction andin his representation of permanent movement.  ... See more See less

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As you walk down the street, the lights, noises, traffic, hustle and bustle, and mix of smells are so striking that no single shot could capture all of it. So do we have to make choices? I don’t think so and I don’t want to.

LAURENT DEQUICK

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A trained architect, Laurent Dequick went to Venice for the first time on a field trip in 1991. He returned several times, never tiring of the refinement of the architecture, landscapes and Venetian artistic and musical culture. It was with Vivaldi in mind that the photographer immersed himself in the city in order to steep himself in the luminous atmosphere and its unrivalled art of living.Above all, the artist adopted the paradox of the archipelago that finds itself both nursed by the constant flows of water and frozen in time by its rich heritage. The photographs that he produced there represent emblematic sites such as Saint Mark?s Square, the island of San Giorgio Maggiore or the canals and their gondolas dotted all over the city. In his opinion, these public spaces differ from those encountered in other Western cities, owing to their lagoonal character and perpetual movement.

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30 December 2013

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